Camarillo, California 93012
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Why We Like This Place
In the pastoral community of Camarillo, a historic mansion with peaceful, park-like grounds offers a rare setting for all kinds of events—especially weddings. The product of a romantic gesture, this turn-of-the-century Queen Anne-style estate was built in 1892 by Adolfo Camarillo for his wife Isabella. The splendid heritage structure and its remaining 4.5 acres were restored by the city in 2001, and today visitors tour the ranch’s original stables, stroll through the beautiful gardens, and explore a living museum expertly reconstructed inside the mansion. Your own friends and family can enjoy the same diversions when they attend special gatherings here.
If you come to wed at the ranch, you may choose from among several pleasant sites. One possibility is the West Garden, a manicured lawn surrounded by palm trees and luxuriant foliage. Stage your ceremony in front of a vine-covered archway at the garden’s entrance or a splashing, triple-tiered stone fountain in the center of the garden. On the other side of the mansion the commodious East Garden features its own fountain and a lush border of trees. Or marry on the mansion’s wraparound front porch, whose ornate façade and carved balustrades form an elegant backdrop.
Follow the ceremony with a cocktail hour in one of the gardens, or invite your guests inside the mansion to explore its antique décor and vintage furnishings. A grand staircase in the foyer is a wonderful place to stage group photos, and an alcove opposite features stained glass and scrollwork. You’ll also appreciate the Bride’s Room, a feminine and floral salon where you can put the finishing touches to your finery.
Outdoor receptions are hosted on the expansive Front Lawn, beneath the scattered shade of magnificent mature trees. One specimen, a fabulous Moreton Bay fig tree, displays an intricate root system—symbolic of a knot well tied! The Front Lawn holds 600 or more guests, and takes on many different moods or themes—from a posh garden soirée to a festive hoedown—depending on how you have it decorated.
If you prefer to bring the party inside, then you’ll love the ranch’s Red Barn. Originally constructed in 1905, a recent renovation has preserved the look of the classic American structure, complete with a brick-red façade trimmed in white and a whimsical weathervane on top. And although the barn’s ambiance is rustic, it’s been outfitted with 21st century amenities. A catering kitchen, lighting and AV capabilities (including flat screen TVs, a sound system and projection screen), and modern, tiled restrooms mean your guests won’t have to rough it. The neutral décor and soaring wooden rafters beg for your own embellishments—tulle swags, antique chandeliers or icicle lights, for example. Spacious enough to hold 250 for a reception and still allow for dancing on the sealed concrete floor, the barn also boasts two sets of double doors and windows that can be opened to the country breeze.
Camarillo Ranch is run by a nonprofit foundation, committed to preserving the ranch’s historical traditions. Whether you envision a nostalgic Victorian-inspired fête or a casual barbecue, this facility provides a flexible, scenic venue for a landmark celebration.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 250
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 1000
- Max. Seated Indoors: 250
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 1000
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 600
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 1000
- Max. Seated: 250
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Front Lawn accommodates 1,000 seated guests; other outdoor sites are available. Indoors, the Red Barn can hold 250.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The Front Lawn holds 1,000 seated or standing guests; Indoors, the Red Barn accommodates 250 seated or 600 standing guests.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
50% of the rental fee and a signed contract are required to reserve your date. The remaining site rental balance and a $1,000 refundable damage deposit are due 90 days prior to the scheduled event. Wedding packages range $5,250–6,750 and cover an all-day, 16-hour time block (9am–1am) that includes use of the Red Barn and lawns, a Bridal Suite, and escorted access to the Ranch House for wedding photography. Please inquire about seasonal wedding package discounts. A 10% discount for active-duty military is available. For details on corporate, nonprofit and other special event package rates, contact the venue.
Note that Camarillo Ranch is a location-only venue. Clients are responsible for equipment, setup/cleanup and contracting/coordinating all vendors; a professional day-of event coordinator and security are required. Catering, bartending, equipment rentals, lighting, décor and security are contracted through the ranch’s preferred vendors unless a $500 buyout option is requested. The Ranch can provide vendor recommendations for additional categories.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: prep only
Tables & Chairs: CBA, extra fee or through caterer
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: no
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Areas: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: CBA, extra fee
Parking: 30-car lot on site; more CBA
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: CBA
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ CBA
Cleanup: renter or caterer
View: mountains, garden, fountain, landscaped grounds
Other: picnic area
Venue ViewsFountain/Water Feature
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Community Center/Civic Bldg
Alcohol: BYO, licensed server
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required